I am nominating my mother, Celsa Gomez. My mother grew up in poor living conditions in Mexico (el rancho)and decided come to this country in search of a better future for her 7 children. She started off getting paid 60 cents an hour and never let anyone of us go hungry, she always put us first. I couldn't think of a better way of thanking her for all of her hard work and commitment for us. I would love to give her everything in this world but before doing that, she encourages me to finish school. Because of her, I am a junior at Dominican University and in the International Honors Society. She has helped me and every one of my brothers and sisters achieve our dreams that almost seemed impossible with the few resources we've had. She is now on disability, and it is because of all the effort and hard work she has put into raising us. Still, she keeps encouraging us to reach high, and not to worry about her. + Read More
We live in a single family home that we have divided into 3 sections. My sister, her husband and her 3 kids live in the rear part of house. My mother, brother, my two sons and I live in the front part of the house. A couple and their two kids live in the other part of the house. We split the mortgage between the three of us so that we can keep up with the payments.3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.
My mother is disabled and has been diagnosed with many complications. She can no longer use her arms to lift more than 5 pounds and she can't walk for long periods of time. It has become very difficult for her to do activities that require repetitive movement. For example, cooking, she can't stir. She was an excellent cook.4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.
I would make over her living room and her bedroom. Her living room because that is where she spends most of her day. She has a parrot and spends most of her day with him along with watching television. I would also make over her room to make it a bit more comfortable for her.5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?
My mother has done a lot for the community of Pilsen. She is a member of St. Adalbert's church. She participates in the catechism classes on Sundays by helping the kids with prayer and communion. She was also an active member in El Hogar Del Nino when my brothers and sisters and I attended.6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?
My mother never ever gave up on us. She has had many hardships in her life. For example, the death of my older brother Beto, when my brother Jose was shot and in the hospital, and when I became pregnant as a teenager. All of these things tore her up inside when she found out about them but she was always an optimist. She never let us deal with it alone and always guided us towards the brighter side.- Close Story